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Butler Elementary - August/September 2022 - Volume 1
Butler at its Best!
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!
Standard School Day - Butler "C-School" Hours
Butler School Day - "C" School:
Grades 1 through 6 - 9:05 a.m. — 3:45 p.m.
AM Kindergarten: 9:05 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. (Mid-Day Pick-Up)
PM Kindergarten: 1:10 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Mid-Day Drop-Off)
Typical 2-Hour Delay Schedule:
Delayed Opening Arrival - 10:45 a.m. (K-6)
Normal Dismissal - 3:45 p.m. (K-6)
AM Kindergarten - 11:05 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. (adjusted hours)
PM Kindergarten - 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. (adjusted hours)
** Early Dismissal Days / Or Scheduled Half Days - 12:25 p.m.
Introducing the 2022-2023 Butler Elementary Teachers
Kindergarten: Ms. Abert (PM), Mrs. Camburn, Mrs. Nieves (AM), Ms. Taylor (EDK)
1st Grade: Ms. Bortz, Mrs. Dubinski, Mrs. Fernandez, Ms. Garner, Mrs. Rosica
2nd Grade: Mrs. Deschambeau, Mrs. Kasprzyk, Mrs. Kessler, Ms. Patterson, Mrs. Rudolph, Mrs. Warner
3rd Grade: Ms. Bigler, Ms. Gelb, Mrs. Gilluly, Mrs. Kauffman, Mrs. Szczypiroski
4th Grade: Mrs. Bobrownicki, Mrs. Charters, Ms. Davenport, Mrs. Dwyer (Keller), Mrs. Masciangelo, Mrs. Zahustecher
5th Grade: Mrs. Farrell, Mr. Filson, Mr. Guenst, Mrs. Maduzia, Mrs. Schlotter
6th Grade: Mrs. Brown, Mr. Harkrader, Mr. Kelly, Mrs. Keeler, Mrs. Lynch
English Language Development (ELD): Mrs. Cross
Learning Support: Mrs. Firely, Ms. Hatter, Ms. Lawn, Ms. Le, Mrs. Matteson, Mrs. O'Neil, Ms. Watkins
Nurse: Ms. Giovinco, CSN (Nurse Gina)
PEN: Mrs. Neal
Reading Specialists: Mrs. Burkholder, Mrs. Kuhn, Mrs. Meade, Mrs. Sauers
Specialists: Ms. Cochran (PE), Mrs. Casey (Art), Mrs. Engart (Phys. Ed.), Ms. Griffin (Music), Mrs. Hanna (Library)/Mrs. Thomas (Mon PM-Library), Mrs. Free (Tuesday-Library); Mrs. Augustine (QUEST)/Mrs. Kerns (Th/Fri-QUEST); Mrs. Hartzell (Strings); Mr. Robinson (Band)
Speech: Mrs. Sand
Student Support Counselors: Mrs. O'Connell (Grades KAM,2,4,6) Mrs. Milotich (Grades KPM,1,3,5)
Principals: Mr. Funseth (Principal); Dr. Doherty (Assistant Principal)
First Day of School Photos
Mandatory Annual Student Update - Please Complete This Task
All registered students must be updated by September 30th - via Parent Portal
Car Rider Arrival & Dismissal Reminders
- School Doors officially open at 8:45 AM.
- PLEASE have car-riders REMAIN in vehicles until staff is in place at 8:45 AM.
- Walkers will be assembling under the canopy by the front doors, but we request car-riders remain in vehicles so traffic is not moving while children are walking to school.
- We will have a crosswalk attendee supporting student walker arrival and traffic flow.
- Please keep your eyes open for student walkers and adhere to speed limit postings.
- Car-Rider dismissal will again take place from our Gym Atrium Doors.
- Parents remain in vehicles at all times; a staff member will call the student to meet the vehicle in our pull-around spaces.
- A placard will be provided to each family on the first day - please fill-out and place on dashboard for quicker processing in the year.
With the start of the new year, timing will continue to improve - new routines for students and personnel takes time. There was a dramatic improvement in timing from day one to day two - Thank you Families! Soon, our dismissal procedures will be efficient and familiar - we just ask (kindly) for your understanding and patience.
Absence Reporting Update - Families
In 21-22, the Central Bucks School District adjusted the way in which absences are reported. The system is continuing this year - please follow these protocols:
- Parents and guardians are able to submit absence requests via the Parent Portal. Parents can request a full day absence, early dismissal, or late arrival.
- Absence requests will be reviewed by school attendance staff and approved or denied.
- Requests made using the parent portal will also serve as the excuse for the absence. Parents will not be required to submit an excuse either electronic or written if on the portal.
- Parents and guardians may also still call or email the school to report an absence.
In addition, when a student is absent from school, but the school did not receive communication from the parent or guardian, the following communication will be sent:
- A text message will be sent 10:30 AM notifying the parent or guardian of the absence.
- An email will also be sent at the same time reminding the parent or guardian that the student was marked absent.
- If the written notification is sent in error, please contact the school 267-893-4250 to resolve the conflict.
Please Note: Butler_Attendance is NO LONGER an option for reporting absences. Please email the teacher and the Attendance Secretary (Michele Droxler) email@example.com.
Information regarding how to use the Parent Portal to report an absence can be found here.
Daily Recess/Lunch Schedules
6th Grade - 11:00-11:30 - Recess / 11:30-12:00 Lunch
4th Grade - 11:30-12:00 - Recess / 12:00-12:30 Lunch
5th Grade - 12:00-12:30 - Recess / 12:30-1:00 Lunch
1st Grade/EDK - 12:30 - 1:00 - Recess / 1:00-1:30 Lunch
2nd Grade - 1:00 - 1:30 - Recess / 1:30-2:00 Lunch
Aramark - Food Services Update
In June of 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service ended the program that provide free meals for all students, regardless of income, during the pandemic. Now, school meals are: breakfast $1.65 or lunch $2.60.
We encourage all families to put money on their students account through MySchoolBucks.com - and are attempting to limit the need for cash transactions to simplify the process for your elementary child.
All menus are available to be viewed online up to 2 weeks in advance by visiting cbsd.nutrislice.com.
Free & Reduced Lunch Program
To access the application and understand important details regarding the "Free & Reduced Lunch" Program, please CLICK HERE.
Central Bucks Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
Grade Level Supply Lists
Before & After Care for the 2022-2023 School Year
The 22-23 Before & After Care Community School Program is now open. Please visit the CBSD Childcare Program site for more information on how to register your child.
CLICK HERE to Register for Before/After Care with CB Community School!
CB Aquatics - Employment Opportunity
Central Bucks Aquatics has openings for assistant swim coaches for our introductory and competitive swim teams for the 2022-2023 school year. This is often a great fit for individuals who already work for CBSD. If you have prior swimming and/or coaching experience, that is great but if not, we will train you. Practices are at CB East and CB South High Schools.
Typical Practice Days/Times
Exact practice times vary throughout the year but are generally 2 to 3 hours within these time frames:
Monday through Thursday 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Occasional Fridays 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Some Saturday mornings 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Additional opportunities are available for coaches with previous USAS coaching experience.
Contact Roberta Lichter at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to apply.
CB Student Services Department
Our Central Bucks “Guidance” Department will now be known as “Student Services” Department. We are making this name change K-12 to better represent the wide-range of services that our Department provides to students and families across the district. While we certainly provide “guidance” to students, our School Counselors, School Psychologists, Student Support Social Workers, Student Support Counselors, and Nurses provide services including academic planning; college and career planning; social and emotional programs and initiatives; physical wellness; connections to community resources (financial, housing, food, services); and educational record management. We look forward to seeing students and families in our Student Services Office!
Student 1:1 Device Assistance
Health Room Update - Required Health Exams for 22-23 School Year
The State of Pennsylvania requires students in elementary grades to have health exams:
- Students entering Kindergarten and students new to the district - Dental and Physical Exams.
- Students entering 3rd Grade (and 7th Grade) - Dental Exam.
- Students entering 6th Grade (and 11th Grade) - Physical Exam.
The dental and physical forms can be found by CLICKING HERE. Parents are urged to have physical and dental examinations completed by their family physician and/or dentist and submitted prior to October 15th of the year that they are due. Exams may be completed any time after September 1st of the prior calendar year. You can upload your completed forms to your child's Parent Portal account. **Please keep a copy of the health form for your records.
Consider an Instrument - 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades
String Lessons are available to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.
Band Lessons are available to 5th and 6th graders.
Mrs. Hartzell (Orchestra Director) and Mr. Robinson (Band Director) hope to see a lot of new band and string students and cannot wait to get started this year! We look forward to teaching the students how to play an instrument and to best prepare for the end of year concerts. Today, we held an assembly for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to demonstrate all of the different instruments, answer questions, and share the joy of being a musician and joining the music program. We always encourage students to pick the instrument that they most like and the sound it makes!
If you have any questions, please email the string or band director:
STRINGS: Donna Hartzell – email@example.comBAND: Mike Robinson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar and Upcoming Events
Aug. 29 - First Day of School for Students
Aug. 31 - BTSN Grades 5&6 (Schedule Below)
Sept. 2 - Labor Day Holiday - School/Offices Closed
Sept. 5 - Labor Day - School/Offices Closed
Sept. 6 - BTSN Grades 1&2 (Schedule Below)
Sept. 7 - BTSN Grades 3&4 (Schedule Below)
Sept. 8 - CB South BTSN
Sept. 13 - CB School Board Meeting - 7:30 PM - 16 Welden (ESC)
Sept. 15 - Unami BTSN (7th Grade)
Sept. 16 - Butler Picture Day
Sept. 22 - Unami BTSN (8th & 9th Grades)
Sept. 23 - Butler PTO Bingo Night
Sept 26 - Holiday - No School for Students (Office Open) - Rosh Hashanah
CHIP (CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM)
CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.
CHIP is brought to you by leading health insurance companies. You'll have a choice of major insurance companies with networks of physicians, specialists, and care facilities near you. Your kids may even be able to keep visiting the same doctors they see today.
Click here to find out more information & to apply!
Butler Back to School Night Dates
As a reminder, the first day of school will be Monday, August 29, 2022. With the start of school comes our Back to School Nights (BTSN’s) as they are an important opportunity for all parents to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the year ahead!
BTS Nights will be held according to the following schedule:
Thursday, 8/25 - 1:30PM-3:00PM - Kindergarten BTS Orientation, Transportation/Bus
Wednesday, 8/31 - 6:30 PM - Grade 5; 7:30 PM - Grade 6
Tuesday, 9/6 - 6:30 PM - Grade 1; 7:30 PM - Grade 2
Wednesday, 9/7 - 5:45 PM - PEN (Cafeteria); 6:30 PM - Grade 3; 7:30 PM - Grade 4
*Please Note: When you arrive, walk directly to your child’s classroom (except where noted) so you do not miss any of your teacher’s presentation. For each of our grade levels, BTSN will start promptly at noted times.
CB South Titans Ice Hockey
CB South Cheer Clinic 9/18/22
CB Community School Swim Lessons
Email Roberta Lichter at email@example.com with questions.
Butler Elementary Town Hall Meeting Highlights!
New Families School Tour and Student Social
Kindergarten Back to School Night
CBSD Kindergarten Transportation Orientation
Butler Community "Chalks the Walk" for our Teachers and Staff
Butler - First Fire Drill of the Year
Butler Teachers Travel to Fluxspace - for Opening Day Professional Development!
Thank you PTO - Staff Welcome Back Luncheon!
From the Butler PTO
Welcome back and welcome to the first 2022-23 PTO eNewsletter. Please click to open the newsletter.
Central Bucks School District
Superintendent: Abram Lucabaugh, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent-Secondary: Charles Malone, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent-Elementary: Nadine Garvin, Ed.D
Peggy Bernabei - Administrative Assistant to Principal
Sinead Doherty - Assistant Principal
Michele Droxler - Administrative Assistant to Assistant Principal